The young cluster RMC 136a

A new near-infrared image of the R136 cluster, obtained at high resolution with the MAD adaptive optics instrument at ESO’s Very Large Telescope, provides unique details of its stellar content. At birth, the three brightest stars each weighed more than 150 times the mass of the Sun. The most massive star, known as R136a1 and located at the centre of the image, has been found to have a current mass of 265 times that of the Sun. It also has the highest luminosity, close to ten million times greater than the Sun.


ESO/P. Crowther/C.J. Evans

Об изображении

Дата выпуска релиза [date]:21 июля 2010 г. 12:00
Связанные релизы:eso1030
Размер:1288 x 1296 px

Об объекте

Название:RMC 136a
Тип:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Расстояние:22000 световых лет
Категория:Star Clusters

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Position (RA):5 38 42.18
Position (Dec):-69° 6' 0.41"
Field of view:0.08 x 0.08 arcminutes
Ориентация:Север на 0.4° слева от вертикали

Цвета и фильтры

Very Large Telescope
ESO Multi-conjugate Adaptive optics Demonstrator (MAD)